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The Department of General Services (DGS) provides special event permits for buildings and grounds designated for enjoyment of the public. If you or your group are interested in holding an event at one of the locations listed below, you will need a permit issued through the Division of Engineering and Buildings (DEB). There is no cost for obtaining a permit, and permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

To check availability of the Bell Tower and Lee Monument permitted areas, see the Calendar of Permitted Events


The flying of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or sUAS, (drones) is prohibitted on Capitol Square.   


Bell Tower Event Area

Located in the southwest corner of Capitol Square; see the Bell Tower Event Area map

Highlights for this event location:

  • Because demand for space can exceed capacity, event permits may be limited to one hour between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Electricity is not provided

Apply to have an event at the Bell Tower 


Lee Monument Event Area

Located at the intersection of Monument Avenue and Allen Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. 

DGS recently promulgated an emergency regulation  governing the use of Lee Monument, as directed in Governor McAuliffe's Executive Order 67. Read the full emergency regulation, which outlines all rules and considerations for holding an event at Lee Monument. Highlights include:

  • Permits are required for assemblies of 10 or more people and are limited to 500 participants
  • For more information, including general rules regarding permitted events, permit holder responsibilities, and application filing requirements, read the full emergency regulation.
  • The Monument is closed from sunset to sunrise, and events may occur between the following times:

Apply to have an event at the Lee Monument 



For more information on conducting film events on DGS property or to submit a request to film on DGS property, please contact or (804) 786-3263.